Shaping the SFI Standards: 60 day Comment Period Now Open

April 29th, 2020|
SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. SFI invites all interested parties to participate in the SFI Standards Revision process.
Working together is critical to ensuring the sustainability of our planet. People and organizations are seeking solutions that go beyond limiting negative impacts and make positive contributions to the long-term health of the planet. Sustainable forests, and products sourced from those forests, are a great tool in moving towards shared sustainability goals such as climate action, reduced waste, clean water, and economic development.
A regular, transparent process for revision of the SFI standards is a critical part of SFI’s commitment to continual improvement. By leveraging expertise across our network through focused engagement, and by including open comment periods, SFI creates standards that are grounded in science, include diverse perspectives, and benefit consumers, communities and ultimately forests across the U.S. and Canada. This commitment to collaboration strengthens the positive impact of our standards in addressing sustainability challenges.
The first draft of the new SFI Standards is now available for public comment.
Comment on the draft standards
A 60‑day public comment period will run from May 1 through June 30. This draft is based on input from the first comment period last year and reflects a review of all comments by the SFI Standards Revision Task Groups, the SFI Resources Committee, and the SFI Board of Directors. View the major enhancements to the SFI Standards.
SFI is conducting webinars focused on specific themes and requirements in the SFI standards to present the major enhancements and provide opportunity to comment.
Below is the complete schedule and scope for the webinars. If you are unable to attend a webinar, comments can be submitted online. All workshop webinars will be recorded for future review.
To review the new draft standards in revision mode or a clean version, and to submit comments, please visit the SFI website.
Introduction of the New Draft Standards
May 5, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 EDT
10:00 – 12:00 PDT
SFI will present the major enhancements to the SFI Standards based on the first comment period. This webinar will serve as an informative webinar to introduce the series of themed webinars.
Logger Training and Education
May 6, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 EDT
10:00 – 12:00 PDT
Logger training and education is a critical requirement in the SFI Standard to ensure all wood is harvested in a responsible way. This webinar will focus on new enhancements to the logger training requirements as well as increased recognition of Certified Logging Companies.
French Translation – Introduction of the New Draft Standards
May 15, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 EDT
10:00 – 1:00 PDT
SFI will present this webinar in French with a focus on the major enhancements to the SFI Standards. There will be a question and answer portion for participants to ask questions or provide comments on recommendations.
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
May 21, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 EDT
10:00 – 12:00 PDT
SFI identified the need to address climate change mitigation and adaptation in the SFI Standard through a new Objective. This webinar will focus on the new Objective, Performance Measures and Indicators.
Conservation of Biological Diversity
May 26, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 EDT
10:00 – 1:00 PDT
This webinar will focus on the enhancements to Objective 4 in the Forest Management Standard and Objective 1 in the Fiber Sourcing Standard related to the conservation of biological diversity. SFI will share enhancements related to forest conversion in the Forest Management Standard.
Chain of Custody, SFI Labels and Claims, and Controversial Sources
May 28, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 EDT
10:00 – 12:00 PDT
This webinar will focus on proposed enhancements to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard, labels and claims intended to provide greater clarity and consistency throughout the Standard. In addition, the webinar will review a proposed new definition for controversial sources.
Indigenous Perspective
June 8, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 EDT
10:00 – 1:00 PDT
This webinar will focus on receiving input on how SFI addresses Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the SFI Standard. Enhancements to the Standard were made to ensure meaningful relationship-building and rights recognition processes.
Urban Forestry
June 9, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 EDT
10:00 – 12:00 PDT
Urban and community forests are a significant resource in North America and are likely to continue to increase in significance based upon demographic, economic, and environmental trends. This webinar will explore the potential value of collaborating to develop a customized urban forest certification standard.
Recap webinar
June 25, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 EDT
10:00 – 12:00 PDT)
This webinar will recap all discussions and conversations from the previous webinars and allow anyone to comment on other parts of the SFI Standards revision that may not have been discussed.



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SFI®Inc. advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. We are an independent, non-profit organization that demonstrates our commitment to forests through our work in standards, conservation, education, and community. SFI works with the forest sector, conservation groups, academics, researchers, brand owners, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, and governments to achieve a vision of a world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests.  Learn more.

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